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  • Eye-Drive – Online Backup for Google Glass

    Google Glass is a revolutionary product from Google. It is probably one of the first products in the ‘Wearable computers’ category that has captured the imagination of the world.

    IDrive has the tradition of being the first in many fields. For example, we were the first to offer online backup and restore for iPhone contacts with an App called ‘IDrive Lite‘. Following the tradition of innovation in online backup for new devices, we are proud to announce our new product Eye-Drive.

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    It sports some basic online backup functionality, such as backing up of your videos and pictures that are being recorded real time. It will be smart enough to not to use the bandwidth while the appliance is using internet.  It will compress and send only the modified bits if it happens to be a repeat video or picture of the same subject optimizing the transfer time and speed. It will also backup your searches and queries.

    EyeGlass

    But here are some really interesting features that you need to take a look at.

    ‘Timeline’ backup and restore. Once your data is backed up, you will be able recall your last meeting or your day or event in full resolution and play it back any time!

    It will also provide filters to change the subject characteristics just for fun. Say you want to change the color of the dress on the subject.

    The best feature, however, is the optional private key encryption. If you chose this, the backed up data is accessible only by you and no one else. Even the US Govt will not be able to see the data. Consider this vs syncing that data to google drive where the data is stored in the clear for advertisements and for whatever reasons.

    You would be able backup multiple google glasses, for your entire family or for your small business into one eye-IDrive account. No per Glass license fees, unlike some competitors!

    Also we never delete your data unless you decide to. We are a true archiving service. Some competitors delete your data after 30 days.

    Pricing will be announced at launch time which will coincide with general availability of Google Glass; with storage prices dropping every day, we want to provide the best value to our customers.

    NOTE: As this backs up to the cloud, actual clouds must be present. Eye-Drive will not work in cloudless conditions!

  • Meet the all new IDrive

    With all new redesigned IDrive, you can experience high-performance and simplicity at once.

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    We are excited to introduce the fully redesigned IDrive. It now has a fresh and modern look, with key features highlighted to make it easier than ever to protect, access, and share your data. IDrive carries a consistent design theme across web, desktop and mobile apps to ensure enhanced user experience.

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    IDrive is now written in HTML5; designed for effective and intuitive navigation. Deep footers and sidebars on pages provide shortcuts to related content, product resources and datasheets!

    The web client functions were significantly improved, through restructuring the information architecture and tagging throughout the site.

    You can see it for yourself at IDrive.com and get started with our 5 GB free account. Don’t miss on the opportunity to refer friends and get free storage space.

    We hope you enjoy using IDrive as much as we enjoyed creating it!

  • Why privacy and security are so important in cloud storage?

    The recent address book leakage with a popular online storage, sync and sharing service provider highlights the privacy and security issues with cloud storage services in general.

    This is exactly why we focus on privacy and security. Our services IDrive, IBackup and the recently launched IDriveSync are built from the ground up using our own infrastructure, APIs, and a sharp focus on privacy and security, with AES 256 Bit encryption of data on storage with a unique key for every account, and a private key option (currently available for IDrive and IBackup)  that makes it impossible for anyone to have access to the data except the user.

    This focus may mean we may be compromising on certain business opportunities, including being able to scan the data and present advertisements based on user data, or offer some viral features. But this is not a direction we will take. Our focus will be on providing the most private and secure online storage, backup, sync and access services.

    Due to our focus and efforts we now store over 30 PetaBytes of data. We appreciate your support and trust.

    Raghu Kulkarni, CEO

  • Security Report Details Vulnerabilities, IDrive Online Backup Provides a Solution

    According to a new report released by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT), several competing Online Backup companies have been found lacking in the area of security. The report found security issues and vulnerabilities with several popular Online Backup and Online Sync providers. Some areas where much work was needed include transport security and encryption. IDrive Online Backup, however, is already following the suggested steps outlined by SIT to have optimal security.

    Complaints that SIT had about competitors include that they use lower-grade, or even no encryption before transport. IDrive protects your files by using 256-bit AES encryption, which is a military-grade encryption standard; before files ever leave your computer, they are encrypted by the IDrive software. In the extremely unlikely case that a file gets intercepted during transport, it will look like a jumbled mess due to the encryption. Think of it as putting all your important data into a security briefcase  before sending it over to us.

    Competing products also had issues with encryption on the server side. Two of the seven services use a proprietary key, so there’s no telling how those work. Additionally, three of the remaining the seven providers included in the study don’t encrypt files stored on their servers at all. Just think about that for a minute! Your entire digital life – every photo, every document – all stored somewhere in the cloud with no encryption to protect it. That would be like keeping important documents in a plain drawer without a key. What’s the point in paying for a service like that?

    At IDrive, we use the same exact 256-bit AES encryption to store your files once they’ve been securely uploaded to our servers. In this case, it’s like IDrive receiving your security briefcase and placing the contents into a secure storage vault. Again, this is the top-of-the-line encryption standard used by banks and the military to keep sensitive information as safe as possible.

    Create a free IDrive account today, and securely back up your digital life. IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter,Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Microsoft Office Backup Plugin for IDrive goes Open Source

    IDrive Online Backup is releasing the Source Code for our Microsoft Office Backup IDrive plugin. Released a little over a month ago, at the same time as the IDrive App Gallery, the plugin is designed to protect Excel, Powerpoint, and Word files in real-time, to an IDrive account. Right alongside the real-time backups is versioning; the latest 30 versions of the files are accessible right from the plugin. It’s some of the best insurance you can get in case of digital accidents.

    IDrive Apps - Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in

    This plugin was made using IDrive’s EVS public APIs, and an excellent example of a real-world application using the EVS APIs. Since we’re releasing the source code, anyone can download the code and see exactly how to use EVS and the free API to create a simple, but very useful app.

    IDrive doesn’t charge any licensing or royalty fees for using EVS; all that’s necessary is an IDrive account, even a free 5 GB account will do. Additionally, developers who create apps for the IDrive App Gallery will be eligible for the same referral commissions as IDrive Partners. For every customer who signs up for IDrive through a developer’s app, that developer will receive a 25% commission on all membership fees collected from that customer. This commission is on top of whatever revenue generated from sales of their app. The more customers who sign up for IDrive through your app, the more commission you will receive! Interested developers can download the EVS APIs and get started today.

    IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • IDrive Online Backup’s EVS Platform Leaps Forward

    As more of our lives move online, into the clouds, encrypted backup and storage of not just our vital data, but our personal photos, files and streams is becoming critical. The responsibility to provide a secure cloud storage and online backup solution is on the shoulders of the developers of the software people use every day.

    IDrive is working to provide solutions to those developers by delivering two interfaces which they can use to integrate encrypted storage into their applications:

    • Command Line Utility – Develop highly scalable, reliable and fast applications to manage storage on IDrive EVS. Best for desktop applications and also ideal for CRON jobs.
    • REST APIs – An interface designed to allow developers to easily build web and mobile applications to manage storage on IDrive EVS.

    To help support our REST APIs users, IDrive has developed three new libraries supporting modern web languages:



    Using these libraries, web and mobile applications developers can provide secure cloud storage and backup that works seamlessly with IDrive. In addition to providing users with secure storage within their own apps, developers can also leverage the entire IDrive ecosystem of consumer web and mobile tools already developed for users to manage their data.
    There is no reason to leave user data unencrypted in the cloud, something security experts warn everyone about, but developers can only do so with IDrive. Take advantage of the IDrive web client libraries, and use a secure REST API for storing and backing up files in your PHP, Python or Ruby web applications. These powerful APIs are freely available, making it easy to upload, retrieve, manage, and store data any time, from anywhere on the Internet.

    Interested developers can create a free IDrive account to get 5 GB at no charge. Developers can create EVS apps for IDrive without the need of a paid account.

    IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

  • Privacy and You: Why Google Drive May Not Be Your Best Option

    Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about Google Drive, an upcoming service from Google. It’s claimed that Google Drive will offer users 5GB of free storage, with the option to purchase more at any time. So what’s going to be the biggest problem with Google Drive? In a word, privacy.

    Google has no problem targeting ads directly to their users based on the content of their Gmail messages. What’s to stop Google from doing the same with the documents and other files you’d upload to Google Drive? How private is it, really?

    At IDrive, we are committed to providing secure, fast, and simple Online Backup. IDrive Online Backup, on it’s new EVS platform, has offered 5 GB accounts – completely free of charge, no strings attached – for a long time, now. On top of that, IDrive also has:

    • Built-in 256-bit encryption – Your files are encrypted at your computer BEFORE being sent to our servers with our optional personal encryption key. With the private encryption option, nobody – not even IDrive – can decrypt your files!
    • Cross-compatibility – A single IDrive account, on the EVS platform, can be accessed seamlessly from Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices.
    • No data mining – IDrive does not scan or search your personal files. Your documents and other files are personal and private; we get that, and we think it should stay that way.
    • Plug-ins – IDrive was built from the ground-up with our own EVS platform, the API’s of which are freely available for developers to create plug-ins for the service.
    • IDrive Connect – One example of a plug-in for IDrive. IDrive Connect allows you to map your Google Docs to a lettered drive on your computer! Additionally, back up your Google Docs to your IDrive Online Backup account.

    Create a free IDrive account today, and securely back up your digital life. IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

  • IDrive Apps Showcase New IDrive-Enabled Software

    IDrive Apps is a new gallery showcasing software using EVS public APIs that integrate the speed, security, and efficiency of IDrive’s cloud with other software such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Developers such as Primadesk have made it possible for IDrive subscribers to access their data via their own application, opening up more options for users.

    At launch, the IDrive Apps gallery includes:

    • IDrive Connect for Google Docs – Make Google Docs look and act just like a regular folder on your Windows PC. This means that you can do things like drag-and-drop to download or upload, convert popular file types to Google Docs format, and even share files all using a convenient, familiar interface.
      IDrive Connect for Google Docs
    • Password Storage Vault – Store your online passwords in a single location, your secure IDrive account.  These passwords will be encrypted with a private key, known only to you and no one else.  Password Storage Vault can also auto-generate complex passwords for you; if you can access your IDrive account, you can access everything else.
      IDrive Apps - Password Storage Vault
    • Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in – Protect your work in real-time!  Save your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to your IDrive account as you work on them. Never lose a file due to a crash or other unexpected failure again. Plus, the plug-in makes it easy to restore up to 30 previous versions of any file you’re working on.
      IDrive Apps - Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in
    • Primadesk – Allows users to search, manage, and backup their personal cloud data, all using a single interface. Access all of your Internet services, including your IDrive cloud storage with a single login.
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    Built with developers in mind, EVS is a powerful, easy to use service that provides secure, encrypted and versioned cloud storage. Unlike other generic storage systems, IDrive EVS has storage encryption, versioning, and block level incremental transfers built in. This gives developers the freedom to create innovative applications to customize backup, storage, disaster recovery, and more that are highly efficient, scalable and require minimal coding. EVS was built, in house, from the ground up, for IDrive.  These powerful APIs are freely available, making it easy to upload, retrieve, manage, and store data any time, from anywhere on the Internet.

    Those interested can create a free IDrive account and store their first 5GB at no charge, developers included.  You can create EVS apps for IDrive without the need of a paid account.

    IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

  • IDrive Connect, the Best Way to Google Docs Outside of Google Docs

    Word on the street says Google is gearing up to launch a cloud service of some kind that could bring a host of new features to the desktop, but why wait on Google?

    We’ve released some exciting new software; IDrive Connect. This new app allows users to access their Google Docs as if they were sitting in a regular folder on their computer. This allows for some extremely useful functionality that makes editing and uploading to Google Docs a breeze:

    • Drag-and-drop to easily upload and download files
    • Automatically convert popular document types to Google Docs format
    • Share files and folders directly within IDrive Connect

    Plus, IDrive Connect has the option to save items in Google Docs directly to your existing IDrive account. Create a free IDrive account today, and start backing up your digital life.

    IDrive Connect for Google Docs

    IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

  • New Educational Discounts for NYC and the UK Added

    We’ve been offering those with .edu or @k12.state.us email addresses up to 50% off on a Personal or Family IDrive plan. We’ve now added two new types of email addresses that are eligible for the discount!

    Students, teachers and staff in New York City with @schools.nyc.gov and in the UK with .ac.uk addresses can now sign up for up to 50% off too!

    Schools and universities often maintain elaborate, specialized networks to connect their staff to the many terabytes of research data and other digital assets they’ve compiled. Having a remote backup of that data is often a strict policy due to federal regulations such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley and with EVS, IT departments can build applications that fit their institutions specific needs using easy-to-implement APIs.

    Faculty and staff can safeguard files with IDrive’s built-in private encryption key options which allows subscribers to protect their data with a user-defined phrase and with anytime/anywhere access to stored files via the web or mobile devices users are never left without their information at hand.


    Some important features to note for students and teachers:

    • Access documents and files from any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device
    • Share files/folders with others, collaborate on presentations
    • Files are always encrypted and private key encryption is available for maximum security
    • Unlimited file retention and 30 past versions available for restore (versions are stored free)
    • Continuous Data Protection for real-time backup of schoolwork, never lose a paragraph
    • Top-notch network performance on the EVS cloud
    • Live 24-hour support

    IDrive is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

    Hoping you and your computer have a great day!
    Stephen Gold, Business Development Manager | IDrive.com